About Me

About Me

Linda Bartosik...
First steps of a beginning writer/artist/illustrator. Follow me on my journey. Read More...

My newest book now available on Amazon!

My newest book now available on Amazon!

Many treasures lie under the sea, but will Alistar find the one that will make ‘The Perfect Birthday Present’ for his mom? Join this adventurous little sea star and his best buddy Barnaby (a blob fish) as they travel through the beautiful deep blue sea, meeting many other creatures of the deep. When the two friends finally stumble upon the perfect present, Alistar needs to make a difficult decision, which only he can make. When he does, the little sea star learns that there are times when it is not the present that is important, but the thought behind it.

My First Cover! Now available on Amazon – Kindle & Hardcover

My First Cover! Now available on Amazon – Kindle & Hardcover

For Linda Crowley, the first day of the year had always been set aside to work on new, positive beginnings and 1970 was no different. Her husband and children were by all accounts healthy and no one even considered the terrible thought that tragedy would strike before the day was over, and life as she had known it was gone.

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My first illustrating project available on Amazon

My first illustrating project available on Amazon

Haley doesn't have a normal pet she has a goat, Ralph. He thinks he's having fun but he's causing untold trouble for Haley. Trouble seems to follow Ralph everywhere he goes only he doesn't know it. Haley's father says Ralph has to be sold!

Happy Mother’s Day

I just read a blog post by Lisa Jakub entitled Mom, Mom’s Mom, Me Under One Roof. It was so well-written and spoke so close to my own truths, I just had to use it to celebrate Mother’s Day. I bring it to you today because I already celebrated Mother’s Day with my husband, my girls and their significant others last weekend. This weekend I’m working and my husband is remaining in NY to head a special project at work.

Last Sunday was my daughter’s wedding shower. Generations of the women in our family were present. One of my daughter’s teacher friends came up to me to tell me how lovely the shower was. She said, “I looked around this room as Erin was opening her gifts and just took in the amazing circles of female friendship she has built in her life. I could just feel the love and energy being passed around.”

She made stop worrying about if everyone had enough food and if the coffee was hot, to stop and take a step back and observe what was happening here today. There I was. A product of my mother and grandmother. I thought back over the years to the showers I attended with them. They are gone now, but they left a mark – a legacy. This is the way it’s done when one of our daughter’s is getting married. My daughter’s learned from the showers they attended with me, as well as with friends. The generations past were still present in that room. Both girls wore grandmothers’ jewelry. Both girls remarked how their grandmothers would’ve loved this or that, from the flowers to the food. Both grandmothers would’ve been proud of the beautiful, bright, and successful women my daughters have become. Both grandmothers would’ve loved the young men each girl brought to the occasion that day.

The best part? Both girls, at times, look at each other and say, “Oh no! I’m becoming Mom!”, just as I look in the mirror and think how I see my mother in me, and my grandmother in my mom. As much as we joke about becoming out mothers, in our family, it’s a good thing.

And so, as another Mother’s Day is about to pass, I hope you find yourself recreated in the women of your past and delight in that recreation. Happy Mother’s Day to all of you…and…I have written.
I am only the “Best Mom Ever” because I have the “Best Daughters Ever”…they have made me who I am today.

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